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rusty social skills. >> what teachers i'm going to have, if they're going to be nice, mean, normal. >> reporter: more stressful than ever for kids and parents. the lane family of garfield, new jersey, gets group butterflies. >> i am very worried. >> making new friends. >> my locker combination because i sometimes have problems with that. >> if i'm going to have really hard or easy. >> we're pretty anxious right now. >> reporter: in a study by cafemom, a website devoted to parenting issues, 41% of kids now say they have some form of anxiety about going back to school. and high anxiety? 28% of girls feel highly stressed. 12% of boys. >> girls tend to be a little more stressed as a group and tended to be driven more by social concerns. >> reporter: what are the kids most worried about? up through the tweens, where mean girl and bully symptoms are often in full bloom, it's the
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challenges of social life. >> i might be nervous about making new friends. >> overall we say the tween concerns are more what teacher will i have, who will be in my class this year? a little more social, day-to-day activity. >> reporter: but once the kids hit high school, academics are a top concern. >> i'm really worried about the work. because sometimes the work gets harder. >> reporter: 12% of mothers in the study called themselves highly stressed at this time of year. >> which classes are going to be harder for them, how much homework we're going to have to help with. >> reporter: academics are the top concern for moms, followed by time management and social challenges. alicia has found one routine especially reassuring for her younger children. >> we have to drive around and say, this is where you're going to have to go. it's not as bad as what they think it is. >> reporter: hm, maybe there's a little exercise for parents so we don't find that opening bell so worrying.
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claire shipman, abc news. coming up, the soldiers returning home from the iraq war. >> and the smiling faces of the families who were waiting for them.
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finally this half hour, the long road home. as president obama said last night, the u.s. combat mission in iraq has come to an end. >> when our brave fighting men and women arrive back home there will be many smiling faces waiting for them. >> reporter: surprised faces overflowing with tears and love.
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for everyone, long journey ended. stru hugs so tight they seem to squeeze the months of worry away. there's the 10-year-old who made brave video diaries. >> master sergeant joe meyers is in iraq right now. >> not knowing, later at school -- >> there's my daughter. >> hey, baby. come here. >> daddy! >> reporter: in another classroom, a navy s.e.a.l., senior chief terry doss, appearing in daughter terian's third grade. waiti ining one year for daddy
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come home. >> reporter: and in san antonio, texas, another surprise. little taylor rias can't believe her eyes. >> i was thinking it was something different but it was my daddy. >> reporter: eight months without him, an eternity for a 5-year-old. >> it's a real joy to see her run to me like that. i'm not going to cry. >> reporter: when you're finally together, feeling too much to say. like marine staff sergeant mike epperson, surprising his two daughters at their school assembly in ohio. >> i wasn't going to cry. i haven't seen them in almost eight months. >> reporter: and in his honor, a song about the home of the brave and moms and the dads. ♪ and the home of the brave >> what a beautiful moment it must be for those families when those soldiers come home. really incredible. >> that's why these soldiers
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when you talk to them, when dan harris does these pieces in baghdad, when you talk t
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president obama declares a change in iraq. >> i am announcing that the american combat mission in iraq has ended. >> he says now the iraqi people have lead responsibility for their own security. hurricane earl, incoming. and in north carolina, they are getting ready for a potential direct hit. >> gather up those supplies, put them in that water-tight box. and a bitter battle. not over money or children. at stake is one of baseball's marquee franchises. >> that is way out and gone! >> it's wednesday, september 1st. >> from abc news, this is "world news now."
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>> all right, so a lot of people on the east coast now eyeing hurricane earl. here we go again. in the cone of possibility lies north carolina, even up farther north to the cape, it could be nasty. we've got to watch it. >> coming up on a holiday weekend, everyone has big plans. celebrating the end of summer. we'll have thorough coverage on this show and on "good morning america" later on this morning. good morning, everyone, i'm rob nelson. >> i'm mike marusarz. vinita nair is on vacation. defense secretary robert gates arrived in iraq this morning as u.s. troops are marking a major milestone. >> it is the official end of u.s. combat operations in iraq some seven years after that war first began. president obama made the official announcement last night from the oval office. here now is john hendren. >> reporter: the announcement was seven years, five months, 13
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days in the making. >> so tonight i am announcing that the american combat mission in iraq has ended. >> reporter: it wasn't mission accomplished but a suggestion of a promise fulfilled. >> this was my pledge to the american people as a candidate for this office. last february i announced a plan that would bring our combat brigades out of iraq. while redoubling our efforts to strengthen iraq's security forces and support its government and people. that's what we've done. >> reporter: the president called the withdrawal a transition, a seismic shift to an advise and assist role. >> the americans who have served in iraq completed every mission they were given. >> reporter: republicans reminded americans then candidate obama opposed president bush's troop surge. >> some leaders who opposed, criticized, fought tooth and nail to stop the surge strategy now proudly claim credit for the results. >> reporter: ending the war isn't just in iraq's interest, the president said, it's in our own. after spending vast sums on the
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war, he says, it's time to turn the nation's attention home ward. >> our most urgent task is to restore our economy and put the millions of americans who have lost their jobs back to work. >> reporter: combat operations may be over but 50,000 american troops remain in iraq. conventional forces to advise and assist iraqi troops, and commandos to continue the hunt for al qaeda insurgents. john happen dren, abc news, washington. >> later in the broadcast we'll have more what the soldiers still on the ground in iraq the president is turning his attention to mideast peace as he prepares to jump start talks for the first time in nearly two years. the president is meeting separately today with israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu and palestinian president mahmoud abbas. it's ahead of formal negotiations set for tomorrow. meanwhile there was an attack in the west bank yesterday, possibly designed to disrupt the talks. four israelis were killed when a palestinian gunman opened fire on a car. for the millions living
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along the east coast it is now a big game of wait and see for hurricane earl. the governor of virginia is set to declare a state of emergency in his state today. and in north carolina, hundreds of residents living on the outer banks have been ordered to evacuate as the cat 4 storm approaches. the governor gave this warning to residents. >> any person who lives on the coast of north carolina, or any person who has reason to think the storm track might go over their house, ought to go out and gather up those supplies, put them in that water-tight box. it doesn't cost a lot to buy batteries and snacks and water to get through three or four days. medicine if you need it. evacuation plans if the worst should happen. but only we can take care of ourselves. we have all of the players from the most remote part of north carolina to the most urban part all on ready. we're set. and when the hurricane hits we can go. >> tense days ahead for those folks. not since hurricane bob in 1991
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has such a powerful storm had such a large swath of the east coast in its sights. that's according to the national hurricane center. >> as we know, even a slight change in the storm's track could make an enormous difference. >> with more on the possible path, we're joined by accuweather's jeanette calle. good morning, jeanette. >> hey, there, rob and mike. the tropics active as we head into this 1st day of september. hurricane earl a major hurricane north of hispanola throughout the day today. it's going to run east of the bahama islands. we do have fiona on its tail moving westward, set to impact the leeward islands with tropical storm force winds and also heavy rainfall. here's the accuweather.com forecast eye path with hurricane earl. increased wave activity across the southeast coast throughout the day today. it's going to make its closest approach to the outer banks of north carolina late thursday into thursday night, perhaps as a cat 3 hurricane. there is a hurricane watch in effect north of surf city, north
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carolina, into the north carolina/virginia border. all along the eastern seaboard this labor day weekend will feel the impacts of hurricane earl. we're talking about destructive waves, also peak wind gusts over 65 miles an hour. perhaps even some heavy rainfall. rob, mike? >> jeanette, thank you. here's the rest of your wednesday weather. stormy in the nation's midsection with golf ball-sized hail, 80-mile-an-hour winds in the dakotas, nebraska and kansas. showers and thunderstorms from dallas to chicago. light rain from washington state to montana. >> 90s along the east coast from boston down to miami. 86 in detroit. 84 in kansas city. 79 in minneapolis. phoenix heating up to 103. sacramento 95. 70s in portland and boise. in other news a big political upset is being called a huge victory for sarah palin and the tea party movement. alaska senator lisa murkowski has conceded defeat in her state's republican primary in the midst of an absentee ballot recount.
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in a very, very close contest she lost to joe miller. he's a conservative lawyer who sarah palin had backed. miller is also a west point graduate and a veteran of the gulf war. he painted murkowski as simply too liberal. we mentioned president obama's oval office address last night. if you caught the president's speech, you may have noticed something a little bit different about his surroundings. >> the oval office has been given a new look to reflect the current commander in chief. the facelift includes some new wallpaper, tables and chairs, and there's a new oval rug which includes quotations from not only abraham lincoln but teddy roosevelt, jfk, and martin luther king. >> the white house did not reveal the price tag in the makeover but said it is in line with presidents clinton and bush as far as what they spent. >> not financed by taxpayers. >> right. it was all personally paid for. apparently the couches and new lamps and tables are all made in america. so keeping with that american theme, very appropriate. >> it's almost as big as our
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>> it is an ied. >> i think it's probably a pretty fair assessment. >> talking about two bombs a day, for people at home who might be tempted to conclude the war is over. it seems like it contradicts that assertion. >> is there violence in iraq? yeah, absolutely. yeah, there's still bad things happening. >> reporter: these days, though, it is mostly the iraqis, not the americans, who are on the front lines. they lead most of the patrols, and at this joint checkpoint, it's the iraqi troops searching the cars while american soldiers monitor via video feeds. i would imagine you joined the military to be a soldier, to fight. do you ever get bored? >> it's a little different. but this is what you do. my job is now, this is what i've been asked to do. >> reporter: t minus seven days until the end of the combat mission and al qaeda in iraq launches a coordinated devastating series of attacks,
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mostly against iraqi security forces. all over the country. we're with the u.s. army's desert roads battalion outside of mosul when the initial reports start coming in. >> apparently a report this morning -- >> a car bomb? >> a car bomb. the latest report is the iraqis on the ground identified it, shot at it, and it exploded before hurting anyone. very successful. >> reporter: the iraqi troops here in mosul may have responded effectively. but they were clearly taken by surprise by most of the other attacks, which raises perhaps the most burning question in this country right now -- as the americans withdraw, are the iraqis capable of picking up the slack and keeping this country safe? >> nice to meet you. >> reporter: lieutenant colonel ross kaufmann, the charismatic commander who's been hosting us on this embed, echoes the optimistic white house line on this score. you trust them?
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>> absolutely. the change in the iraqi army over my three tours has been immense. they are professional, they're focused, and they're capable of conducting the mission. >> reporter: but kaufmann's own soldiers who live and work right next to the iraqi soldiers are less certain. how ready do you think these guys are? >> i think that they're a lot more ready than they were a couple of years ago but they've still got a ways to go. >> reporter: the iraqis don't do themselves any public relations favors when they greet our camera inside their barracks by dancing and toying with their guns. and check out what this iraqi first lieutenant admitted to us. with the american combat troops leaving can the iraqi army keep the peace here? to be honest, he says, we need a couple more years. t minus three days until the end of combat and i'm out on the streets of baghdad. to be fair, it's glaringly obvious that iraqi troops who have been in charge here for months are doing a pretty good job keeping the peace. now families are out having ice
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cream and fancy new restaurants are opening up. although they will pat you down for weapons before you can get a table. yet so many of the iraqis we meet are deeply, darkly pessimistic. including this off-duty cop. even though you are a police officer, you don't think the iraqi forces can keep this country safe without the americans here anymore? >> yes, i don't think so. we don't have enough weapons, we are not ready for this mission. >> reporter: we're frequently asked by complete strangers if we can help them leave this country and come to america. why do you want to leave here? >> it's no good. >> no good here? >> no good. >> why not? everything? everything. >> reporter: while violence is way down, hundreds of civilians are still being killed here every month. basic services like power and trash removal are spotty at best. and perhaps most corrosively,
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five months after they held national elections here, the politicians cannot agree on forming a new government. leaving a potentially dangerous power vacuum. t minus one day until the end of combat. vice president joe biden spends the day meeting with all the major political players, trying to cajole them into cutting a deal. the local news channels cover it all wall to wall. but when president obama gives his speech from the oval office -- >> i am announcing that the american combat mission in iraq has ended. >> reporter: -- it's in the middle of the night here, and not many people in this anxious nation are awake to hear it. this is dan harris in baghdad. and some lighter news coming up when we come back in "the skinny." actor michael douglas is speaking out for the first time about his battle with cancer. >> and guess who was caught onstage dirty dancing with snoop dogg? it's coming up in "the skinny."
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it is that time again. back in "the skinny." >> that's right. lot of stuff going on. lots is going on. >> lot of stuff happening. we start off with a somewhat serious story. michael douglas promoting the big "wall street 2" movie. "wall street 2" is coming out soon and michael douglas now revealing he has stage iv cancer, which is a shock to a lot of people. >> it's progressed that far. he was on letterman last night speaking publicly for the first time. >> absolutely. in fact, he was upbeat about it though and joked with letterman about the seriousness of his cancer. >> is stage iv where you want to be or not where you want to be? >> no. you want to be down at stage i. >> stage i? >> it has not -- the big thing you always worry about is spreading.
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i am head and neck. i am above the neck. so nothing's going down. and the expectations are good. >> do they find it early enough for their liking? >> i sure as [ muted ] hope so. >> hasn't lost that comic timing. >> no, not at all. >> not at all. >> he's a week into treatment and he said the doctors and people around him who are treating him say there's about an 80% chance that they're going to knock it out successfully. >> which is great news. 65 years old, had a sore throat earlier in the summer, went in for some tests. they didn't initially find anything but then came back at stage iv. thoughts and prayers with him. he looked good, all things considered. >> looks good, and on the road to recovery. >> let's hope for sure. much lighter note now, apparently snoop dogg, i know your favorite. >> i am -- >> i know. >> he's a timeless american icon. mt. rushmore. >> yeah. >> his face should be right there along the others. >> there's snoop.
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apparently he gave a big show in vegas this past weekend. all of a sudden, someone i'm sure we all know popped up onstage and kind of got a little freaky there onstage. >> whoo, watch out. >> you can tell -- maybe, it's actually demi moore up onstage jiving with snoop a little bit. >> and the guy on the right is her husband. ashton kutcher. >> that's right. she's breaking it down. >> whoa. >> see, she didn't lose those schools she learned in "striptease," which is very, very comforting. ashton didn't mind her having fun, enjoying the whole thing with his wife. demi is still in good shape, throwing it around in vegas, good for her. >> how about that couple. >> i want pictures. >> they're probably twittering all the way about it as well. >> millions and millions of followers. she looks good, work it, girl. >> no doubt about that. you watched the emmys a couple of nights ago. sofia vergara? is that how you say her name? >> i say it doesn't matter. the hot one from "modern family."
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here some are stories to watch today on abc news. hurricane earl is spiraling toward a potential landfall along the east coast of the u.s. some evacuations have already been ordered along the north carolina coast. also, president obama launches a new attempt at mideast peace today. he's meeting separately at the white house with israeli and palestinian leaders and hosting a dinner for both of them later tonight. also, apple is holding a so-called special event today in san francisco that may involve an announcement about the ipod. analysts are speculating that the purchase of -- sorry, purchase of individual television shows may become available. and finally this half hour,
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the divorce fight in the world of sports that does not involve tiger woods. >> thankfully. it does involve the owners of the l.a. dodgers. frank and jamie mccourt. as mike von fremd reports they're both taking some pretty nasty swings at each other. >> reporter: with the los angeles dodgers' playoffs hopes fading fast, the real spectacle is in los angeles divorce court. team owner frank mccourt and his wife jamie have opened the curtain on a lifestyle so lavish, they even spent six figures to hire an astrologer as a consultant. >> this dodger organization is a cash cow. there's plenty of money to go around. >> reporter: frank mccourt's lawyers say his wife jamie gave up all rights to the team's fortune in exchange for the security of sole ownership of the couple's six magnificent homes. >> that was her nest egg. didn't want to take a risk on his foolish, dodgy investment in the dodgers. well, she turned out to be the wrong. the dodgers have blossomed and the real estate market's gone
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down. >> reporter: according to "forbes" magazine the team has nearly doubled in value since mccourt became chairman in 2004. wife jamie, who has a law degree, now says she was defrauded by her husband and did not knowingly sign away her rights to the team. sports writers here say the owners' bitter public battle is taking a terrible toll. >> it's littered the place and it's turned it io a virtual cesspool of rumor and innuendo and absurdity and it's definitely affected the team. >> reporter: for years the high-priced players have taken the heat from fans in comics. now it's the owners in the batter's box. >> oh, this is getting ugly. this is an ugly divorce. of course, on the bright side, the one thing they won't have to fight over, world series tickets. yeah. >> reporter: the dodgers may be far from the world series. but their owners, the mccourts, are in for a world-class fight. mike von fremd, abc news, los angeles. >> divorces are never pretty.
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but with that much cash on the table, whoo. >> often you argue about kids,
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making news on this wednesday, september 1st. >> evacuations began this morning, as hurricane earl approaches the east coast. new overnight estimates of where it might go. iraq's fate. the president outlines's america's action plan in iraq, now that combat from has officially ended. and cancel battle. michael douglas reveals more about the fight to save his voice and his life. and good morning, everyone. thanks for being with us. i'm rob nelson. >> and i'm mike marusarz, in for vinita nair. evacuations have been ordered, as the powerful winds of
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hurricane earl grow closer. the storm could hit north carolina by tomorrow or early friday. >> officials up and down the east coast are warning residents to keep a close eye on this very dangerous storm. emily schmidt joins us now for the latest on the forecast. good morning, emily. >> reporter: good morning to you. the latest national hurricane center advisory actually shows earl shifting just a bit to the east. just enough to take new york city out of the cone of probability, for now. however, earl still continues in its path towards the carolinas. the first evacuations set to begin today. in is category 4 hurricane earl from the international space station. more than 200 miles above the earth. and this -- >> people feel we're getting time for the big one. >> reporter: is the worry along the east coast. the national hurricane center says it's been nearly 20 years since a hurricane this big threatened so much of the eastern seaboard. there's already a hurricane watch in north carolina.
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officials say prepare evacuation plans. >> it's going to be too close to the coast not to be ready to go. >> reporter: some summer tourists plan to listen. >> i've always left when they say it was coming. i left. >> reporter: earl's glancing blow to small caribbean islands left plenty of damage, though there are no reports of injuries. still, it is enough to prompt preparations from the carolinas to new england. >> we're telling people, keep that weather eye. set your options early. and as always, be prepared. >> reporter: on long island, people are picking up anything that could fly in hurricane-force winds. on cape cod, they're hauling out boats. and police are wading into the water to steer people from waters with rip currents that remain from last weekend's hurricane danielle. later this morning, president obama is scheduled to have a talk with fema administrators about hurricane preparedness. earl continues to look as if all of the preparations will be necessary. rob and mike? >> and there's a lot of
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speculation about the exact track. but any idea on impact on beaches for the big weekend? >> reporter: one of the thing forecasters are saying, regardless of where earl goes, everyone will have rough surf and the dangerous rip currents all along the east coast. a big fear for a lot of the beach businesses, who worry that wherever earl goes, people are going to stay away this weekend. back to you guys. >> all right. emily schmidt on the storm watch. thanks so much. and forecasters are watching a cold front that could push earl further out to sea. sam champion has more on the possible track of the storm over the next couple of days. >> by friday afternoon, just how close that category 2 hurricane is. within 100 miles to the outer banks of north carolina. that means 60-mile-per-hour to 70-mile-per-hour winds along the shoreline of north carolina and one to three inches of rain. as the storm curves and interacts with that front, it will push out. but america curves right there, too. we're 200 miles away from new york. by the time we get into saturday, we're just 100 miles off the coast of cape cod, though. >> and sam says it could still
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be a category 1 hurricane when it passes cape cod. we'll have the latest track live from north carolina, later today on "good morning america." defense secretary robert gates arrived in iraq this morning, as u.s. troops mark a major milestone. it is the end of u.s. combat operations in iraq, some seven years after war was first declared. president obama made the official announcement last night from the oval office. here's john hendren. >> good evening. >> reporter: the announcement was 7 years, 5 months and 13 days in the making. >> so, tonight, i am announcing that the american combat mission in iraq has ended. >> reporter: it wasn't mission accomplished. but a suggestion of a promise fulfilled. >> this is my pledge to the american people as a candidate for this office. last february i announced a plan that would bring our combat brigades out of iraq, while redoubling our efforts to strengthen iraq's security forces and support its government and people. that's what we've done. >> reporter: the president called the withdrawal a
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transition, a seismic shift to an advise and assist role. >> americans who served in iraq completed every mission they were given. >> some leaders who opposed, criticized and fought tooth and nail to stop the surge strategy, now proudly claim credit for the results. >> reporter: ending the war isn't just in iraq's interest, the president said. it's in our own. after spending vast sums on the war, it's time to turn our attention homeward. >> the most urgent task is to restore the economy and put the millions of americans who lost their jobs back to work. >> reporter: combat operations may be over. but 50,000 american troops remain in iraq. conventional forces to advise and assist iraqi troops. and commandos to continue the hunt for al qaeda insurgents. john hendren, abc news, washington. israeli and palestinian leaders are gathering for peace talks today in washington. both sides say they will not let a palestinian terror attack against israelis in the west
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bank stop them. here's abc's simon mcgregor-wood in jerusalem. >> reporter: four israeli settlers, last night gunned down in the west bank. hamas claimed responsibility for the attack, designed to inflict maximum damage on the peace process. in washington, there was condemnation. but the meetings continued. palestinian president, abbas, with secretary clinton. followed by a separate meeting with prime minister netanyahu. the issues remain the same, what to do about jewish settlements in the occupied territories. the so-called freeze ends this month. the palestinians demand an extension. israel, so far, refuses. next up, to create a border between israel and the new palestinian state. how much land will the israelis have to give back? then there's jerusalem, the holy city. will the palestinians get to establish their capital in the arab part of the city? or will israel insist on full control? after last night, a big issue for israel will be security.
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netanyahu says he won't do anything that risks that. there isn't much optimism here. expectations are very low. what happens in washington, although important, will be mainly symbolic. the real talking starts when the two sides get back here. rob? mike? >> thanks, to simon mcgregor-wood in jerusalem. children in one oklahoma town have an unexpected day off after powerful winds ripped part of the roof of their high school. the storm hit yesterday just before school was about to let out. no one was injured. but several classrooms were damaged by the water. now, for this morning's weather around the nation. more severe storms in the plains. 80-mile-per-hour winds, large hail and even isolated tornadoes in the dakotas, nebraska and kansas. showers and thunderstorms from texas up to the great lakes. light rain in the northern rockies. and near record highs here in the northeast. >> 97 here in new york. 92 in boston.
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and 95 in baltimore. also, 90s along much of the gulf coast. 79 in the twin cities. 84 in omaha. and 81 in chicago. just shy of 70 in seattle and billings. phoenix, meanwhile, heats up to 103. and sacramento, 95. and when we come back, more on our top story. tracking hurricane earl. plus, a major political announcement that is sending shock waves from alaska to capitol hill. and michael douglas talks about his cancer battle. much wor
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overseas stocks are starting the month on a positive note. tokyo's nikkei average climbed 1.2% today. hong kong's hang seng is higher. in london, the ftse opened higher. on wall street, meanwhile, the dow climbed five points yesterday, ending its worst august since 2001. also, the nasdaq slipped six points. numbers out this morning show that americans are still very cautious about how to spend their money. even on back-to-school shopping. customers spent only slightly more this august than last. and most of it went towards essentials and deeply-discounted items. the silver lining here for shoppers, though, is many of the stores do have to slash prices even more to clear their shelves. home prices rose in june. it's a rare bright spot for the housing market. get used to it. a closely-watched index shows prices in major metro areas climbed more than 4% from last year. but that was boosted by federal tax credits that have now
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expired. some experts are predicting prices will plunge up to 20% in some markets. also this morning, amazon's kindle will soon be in more retail stories, making it easier to try the device before buying it. staples will begin selling the electronic book reader at all of its stores this fall. until now, target was the only place to get your hands on the kindle without buying one online. actor shia le boff appears to have the midas touch for the second year in a row. he tops "forbes" list for best actors for the buck. studios made $81 in profit for every dollar may paid him. followed by anne hathaway, daniel radcliffe. next on this wednesday morning, a mystery at a major military base. is something causing an increase in sudden infant death syndrome? and the effort in one state to ban plastic shopping bags. could it begin a nationwide
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because it's not just your allergies, and now, recapping our top story this morning. residents on north carolina's barrier islands have now been ordered to evacuate, ahead of hurricane earl. that powerful storm is expected to make landfall tomorrow or early friday morning. the governor of virginia plans to declare a state of emergency in his state later today. and even a slight change in the storm's track could make an enormous difference. >> with the latest on the path, we're joined by accuweather jeanette calle. >> we're keeping an eye on earl, which is a major hurricane. it is continuing to track to the northwest at about 14 miles per hour. throughout the day today, it's going to run east of the bahamas. there is a tropical storm warning in effect for the turks and caicos islands. behind earl, we have fiona,
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which is moving westward, set to impact the leeward islands today, with tropical force winds and rainfall. here's the forecast eye path with hurricane earl. it's going to be approaching the southeast coast throughout the day today. expect to see dangerous rip currents, from coastal florida to coastal areas of south carolina. a hurricane watch was issued for those areas north of surf city, north carolina. and it's going to make its closest approach to the outer banks of north carolina, late thursday, into thursday night, perhaps as a cat 3 hurricane. it's going to continue its northeasterly path, set to impact the new england coast by this weekend. >> the forecast changes by the hour, as we know. and sam champion will have an update later on "good morning america." we have big political news this morning out of alaska, where an incumbent senator has conceded defeat. lisa murkowski conceded last night, while absentee ballots were being counted.
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she did not endorse the man who defeated her. that's conservative lawyer joe miller. he has support from the tea party movement and former vice presidential candidate, sarah palin. investigators at ft. bragg, north carolina, want to know if something is in the environment that's causing sudden infant death syndrome. two babies died at the same address as three months this year. eight other infants have died since 2007. but foul play, not suspected. in california, a push for the first-ever statewide ban on plastic bags was rejected by state lawmakers overnight. the environmental bill was voted down, after an aggressive lobbying campaign by the plastic bag manufacturing industry. the measure would have forced shoppers to bring their own reusable bags to the grocery store, or pay 5 cents each for paper bags. sobering news this morning from actor michael douglas, speaking publicly about his throat cancer diagnosis for the first time. the 65-year-old told david letterman he had just finished
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his first week of radiation and chemotherapy. then, he stunned the audience, by revealing his cancer is stage 4. >> is stage 4 where you want to be? or not where you want to be? >> no. you'd like to be at stage 1. >> stage 1? >> stage 1. but it has not -- the big thing you always worry about it is it spreading. so, i'm head and neck. i'm above the neck. so, nothing's going down. and the expectations are good. >> did they find it early enough for their liking? >> i sure [ muted ] hope so. >> douglas said he complained about a sore throat since earlier this year. but doctors found nothing until three weeks ago. time, now, for our sports news. here's steve weissman at espn news. >> we begin in the a.l. east, where the yankees and rays have been tied atop the division for eight-straight days. yanks hosting the a's. bottom of the first, jorge
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posada. tenth career triple as a catcher. fifth-most by the yankees since 1925. passes his own skipper, joe girardi. two on for mark teixeira. that's gone. three-run shot. his 30th homer of the year. yanks win 9-3, clinching their 18th-straight winning season. so, the rays must win to keep pace. they're hosting toronto. top of the sixth. jeff niemann hits jose batista on the hip. he'll be already. next batter, vernon wells. shot down the left field line. it's a double. two runs will score. blue jays go up 4-3. they keep it going. two on, two out for batista. and that's his 43rd home run of the year. blue jays win 13-5. the rays trail the yanks by a game in the a.l. east. to the central. manny ramirez, did not start for the white sox. but on-deck in the top of the ninth. tied at 1-1.
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a.j. pierzynski, 0 for 3 to this point. how about a three-run shot. white sox up 3-1. manny gets pulled. edwin jackson, in the bottom half. jason donald with a single. two come home. indians, down just one. bobby jenks, on to close it out. runners on first and second. michael brantley, right back to jenks. he'll take care of it. manny doesn't play. it doesn't matter. white sox win 4-3. four back of the twins in the a.l. central. that's a look at your espn news update. i'm steve weissman. back to you in new york. and now, to the athlete who apparently has the most luxurious locks in the whole world. >> that's what they say. pittsburgh steelers safety troy polamalu, is being called the man with the $1 million hair. that's how much his nearly three-feet long dreds there have been insured for. head & shoulders took out the policy from lloyds of london.
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the very dangerous storm is forecast to come ashore tomorrow or early friday. a change of command center early this morning will mark the beginning of "operation new dawn" for u.s. troops in iraq. president obama announced a formal end to combat operations last night from the oval office. israeli and palestinian leaders gather in washington today for peace talks. the issues will include israeli settlements and control of jerusalem. the talks come after the palestinian terror group hamas killed four israelis in the west bank. and apple holding a special event at its headquarters today. it is expected to unveil new ipods and a version of its apple tv set-top box. the company is also expected to announce 99 cent rentals through itunes. coming up later on "good morning america" today, we'll take you inside the newly-revamped oval office. the president has put his spin on the place, with some
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the battlefront and the home front. >> as we mark the formal end to the u.s. combat mission in iraq, we take a look back at the emotional homecomings that, of course, are filled with a lot of smiling faces and plenty of tears of joy. here's diane sawyer. >> reporter: surprised faces, overflowing with tears and love. >> oh, my god! >> reporter: hugs so tight, they seem to squeeze the months of worry away. there was the 10-year-old, hannah, who made brave little video diaries. >> my dad, master sergeant joe myers, is in iraq right now. >> reporter: not knowing, later, at school -- >> come here. >> yay. >> daddy. >> reporter: in another classroom, a navy s.e.a.l.,
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senior chief terry daus, appearing in his daughter's third grade in jacksonville, florida. she had been waiting one year for daddy to come home. >> really surprised. i'm so happy my daddy's here. >> reporter: and in san antonio, texas, another surprise. little taylor reas can't believe her eyes. >> i think it was something different. but it was my daddy. >> reporter: eight months without him, an eternity for a 5-year-old. >> it's a real joy to see her run up to me like that. feel like crying. but i'm not going to cry. >> reporter: and when you're finally together, feeling too much to say. >> come on in. >> reporter: like marine staff sergeant mike epperson, surprising his two daughters, caitlin and caylee, at their school assembly in ohio. >> i'm probably going to cry. so, i apologize. i haven't seen them in almost eight months. >> reporter: and in his honor, a song about the home of the brave and the moms and the dads. ♪ and the home of the brave

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